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Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures

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Address: Mawlai, Shillong 793008, India
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+91 364 255 0260
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09:00 - 17:30
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Acclaimed as one the finest museum in Asia on the promotion of indigenous...

Acclaimed as one the finest museum in Asia on the promotion of indigenous and tribal cultures, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC) or Don Bosco Museum as it is popularly known is a major tourists' attraction that provides a glimpse of the rich and multi-cultural lifestyles, history and traditions of the indigenous peoples of North East India. The museum, showcasing many galleries, gives an insight into the beautiful and diverse cultural richness of the eight States of India's North East under one roof. The Museum, run by the Salesian of Don Bosco of the Catholic Church, houses and documents the various indigenous cultures, arts and crafts of North East India.

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An excellent place to learn about meagerly known seven sister states of India. Deserves a must visit . Lovely photos. Gian

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

An excellent place to learn about meagerly known seven sister states of India. Deserves a must visit . Lovely photos. Gian

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum is rick in its collection. The galleries have lights which come on once you enter - it senses movements. It is 7 stories, but steps are very comfortable even fr senior citizens (there is an option of lifts as well), staff very polite and efficient. A lesson on how museums should be curated and maintained. The galleries cover... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I recommend the place as one stop to know the culture of whole north east. Very well maintained and modern facility. But with a tinch of religious flavour. Otherwise a must visit.recently opened cafe downstairs is also good

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Nagpur, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A three-in-one Institution combining a museum with a research and publication centre, for promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of North East India -a unique fusion of all the sister states under one roof. With seven stories, 56,000 square feet of floor space and 15,154 square feet of display wall space, it ranks among the top 36 or so... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are 5 floors, each with 3 levels, so there is a lot to see. I guess it's the Don Bosco influence, but there was a bit too much about religion for me.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this place when we went to shillong in mar 2017. This is on the must visits places of shillong.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is simply mind blowing . It is open Monday through Saturday and the timings are 09:00 am to 05:30 pm in Summer and till 4:30 pm in Winter.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It traces the history of the people and places near Shillong. Spread over 7 floors and a sky walk at the top, it is a very important place to see at Shillong.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best way to get an overview of your visit to all the NE state (Seven Sisters). Excellent exhibits and explanations highlights the differences between the populations of each state and their cultural history. Recommend highly for the serious traveller.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

DBCIC is an excellent museum which not only has details about the North East regions of India but also about other cultures and relegions. This is a must visit on a trip to Shillong.

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